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Lisa Curry, Catering Sales Executive
Lisa Curry works as a Catering Sales Executive for the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Powerscourt, Co Wicklow. She is part of the Sales and Marketing team which is responsible for generating top line revenue for the hotel. Having completed her Leaving Certificate in Sion Hill in Blackrock she went on to do a BSc in Hospitality Management in Cahal Brugha Street.
As well as the standard leaving certificate subjects I chose History, Business, Home Economics and German. I have always had an interest in history and this is rearing its head once again now that I am in Powerscourt.
The Business Subjects are very important too as they were a vital foundation subject for my college degree. I have a strong aptitude for finance and hope to go on to complete the ACCA exams one day.
I also studied German from the age of 12 through to degree level. Although I am not fluent I have a reasonably good understanding of the language and feel that having an extra language is always beneficial (i.e. in a previous job we had a number of German tour buses visiting the hotel and I often had to speak to the guests in their own language).
I attended Secondary School in Sion Hill, Blackrock, Co. Dublin where I completed my leaving certificate. Following successful exam results I was accepted into the BSc Hospitality Management in Cathal Brugha Street. This was a four year course that covered many aspects of the industry (including training in the Kitchen).
All my training has been beneficial in different ways. However the most important aspect of my education was my final year project in college. For this we had to design a hotel and work as a team to put together a complete business plan. This was beneficial as it involved teamwork and also meeting deadlines, plus it gave me a huge overview as to how a hotel is operated from dishwasher to revenue manager to pay roll